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As part of the development and implementation of the compliance culture system at PKP CARGO S.A., actions are taken to create a work environment based on respect for ethical standards and compliance with applicable laws and regulations.

Compliance Management System

A Compliance Department has been established at PKP CARGO, which is responsible for coordinating the compliance policy at PKP CARGO S.A. and for managing the ethics and anti-corruption areas.

The Department includes the position of Compliance Officer, reporting directly to the President of the Management Board, with the possibility of reporting to the Audit Committee of the Supervisory Board, in accordance with the Best Practices for WSE Listed Companies.

The purpose of the Compliance Management System:

  • to eliminate potential legal risks,
  • to investigate reported cases of non-compliance,
  • to provide preventive and proactive advice on the interpretation and application of compliance requirements,
  • to organise and conduct training and awareness programmes on compliance risks.

Code of ethics

Ethics is the cornerstone of an effective compliance risk management system and a system to prevent and detect fraud in this area. The code of ethics adopted by PKP CARGO S.A. is based on the values shared by employees, i.e. reliability, cooperation, sound management, safety, professionalism, innovation, transparency, responsibility and respect.

The principles contained therein apply to every employee, regardless of his or her position and the nature of their duties, as well as to customers, suppliers, competitors Code of Ethics.

PKP CARGO S.A.’s anti-corruption and gift policy

Preventing and addressing fraud and corruption are one of the Company’s key activities in its relations with the business community. PKP CARGO has adopted a “zero tolerance for corruption” policy. No corrupt behaviour will be tolerated, regardless of the aspect of operations it applies to.

The purpose of this Policy is to define the handling of corruption risks existing at PKP CARGO, including the ways of reacting to and documenting cases of actual or potential corruption and creating awareness among Employees.

The rules of the Policy are binding both for the Company’s employees and all persons cooperating with us under civil-law contracts and other persons performing any activities on behalf of or for the benefit of PKP CARGO S.A.

The rules for accepting and giving gifts supplement the relevant provisions of the PKP CARGO S.A. anti-corruption policy. The purpose of these rules is to establish uniform standards for employees in offering and accepting Gifts, which may take the form of a gift or entertainment. A gift is an item of a specific value, e.g. leather goods, a food basket, and its value must not exceed PLN 200.00 gross. Entertainment is understood as invitations to entertainment events, i.e. sports events, theatre performances, concerts or other cultural events, up to a value of PLN 500.00 gross.

Implementation and compliance with the aforementioned rules ensure that there is no situation in which accepting gifts could affect business decisions at PKP CARGO S.A.

If corrupt activities or other violations are confirmed, the Company shall take appropriate corrective actions to prevent future events of a similar nature PKP CARGO S.A.’s anti-corruption and presentation policy.

Speaking up

The notification system in place at the Company is designed to prevent fraud and violations, protect the Company’s image and support operational risk management. Customers, Business Partners and persons outside the Company can report any irregularities via dedicated communication channels, i.e.:

PKP CARGO respects the right of whistleblowers to remain anonymous and to safeguard their personal data and to protect them from any retaliation.

The principles PKP CARGO S.A. follows when considering signals of potential violations are:

  • feedback,
  • the possibility to report anonymously or not,
  • fairness in explaining each reported irregularity.

The reporting channels in place at PKP CARGO S.A. are in line with good whistleblowing practices and the requirements set out in the Act on public offering and the conditions for introducing financial instruments to the organised trading system and on public companies and Directive (EU) 2019/1937 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2019 on the protection of whistleblowers.

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